Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wolf Pack pull away from Gold Nuggets in 2nd half

NEW ORLEANS — Junior guard Zoie Miller scored all 19 of her points in the second half, including 4-of-4 3-pointers in the third quarter, to lead NAIA No. 24 Loyola to an 81-53 basketball victory against Xavier University of Louisiana.

After leading the Gold Nuggets 31-24 at halftime, the Wolf Pack outscored XULA 28-6 in the third quarter. Miller scored 16 in that period. Loyola increased its lead to 35 in the fourth quarter.

Di'Mond Jackson scored 15 points, Meghan Temple 11 and Kylah Jones 10 for Loyola (3-1). Temple grabbed 12 rebounds and set a school record with eight blocked shots.

Ireyon Keith, with 10 points, was the only double-figure scorer for XULA (3-2). Freshmen Gina Smith and Maya Trench scored seven points apiece.

Loyola outshot the Gold Nuggets 46.4 percent to 28.4 percent from the floor, 51.7 to 29 percent in the second half. The Wolf Pack outrebounded XULA 49-34.

Loyola beat the Gold Nuggets for the third consecutive time and the second time in three years at XULA's Convocation Center.

XULA will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for three games — two against ranked Frontier Conference opponents — in the Las Vegas Shootout Friday through Sunday. The Gold Nuggets will play NAIA No. 7 Lewis-Clark State at 8 p.m. PST Friday.


Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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